How to Register With Ease
It’s that time of year again, when everybody needs to slow down long enough to consider their future. By future I mean both your immediate and your more distant one.
It’s college registration time, the period to figure out what classes you are going to be spending your days in for the first five months of the next year and also to figure out how much closer you will come to graduation.
Even though the task can seem stressful and confusing at times, hammering out your schedule doesn’t have to be painful. If you put in a little time beforehand, it is simple enough to simply click “Register” and be done once your registration day arrives. Here are some tips to help the process go smoothly.
Use the Schedule Planner
ASU has this wonderful thing called the Schedule Planner which makes our lives so much easier when registering. After you have been advised and know which classes you should aim for, it should be one of the first places you go.
The Schedule Planner can be accessed through the Registration tab on RamPort. Simply look up courses by subject and add them. Once you have the courses selected, click on the “Generate Schedules” button.
It takes all the painful work of putting together a schedule out of your hands. Hopefully you would have already weeded out any classes that conflict with one another, so the only decision you have to make is which schedule you like the best based on the classes you select.
After you find the one for you, simply send it to your cart. When you are able to register, go to the Schedule Planner Registration Cart, which is right under the Schedule Planner in the Registration tab, and click “Register.”
Stick to What You Were Advised to Take
There’s a reason we have advising. Even though it might seem pointless if you go with your schedule basically planned already (guilty), advising is very important to make sure you are taking classes that you are prepared for and that will count toward your degree.
So, stick with whichever classes your advisor told you could take — if you decide you want to take something else, it’s a good idea to run it by them first just to double check that you won’t be wasting your time.
Know Your Registration Date
After you have your schedule locked in, make sure you know what day you are open to register for classes. It is broken up by seniority, so seniors and graduate students get to register first, then juniors, then sophomores, and last but certainly not least, freshmen.
Registration opens right at midnight of the scheduled day, but it is up to you whether you want to stay up to register at the witching hour or do it later in the day. Either way, make sure you do it as early as possible, because there is no telling how quickly the classes you want will fill up, and if you miss your window you might have to find other classes.
Sometimes, depending on the professor, class and subject, you can get an exception if a class has already been filled, but I would definitely say not to rely on this possibility.
Take Care of Any Hitches Immediately
Once you have already clicked register, your job should be finished but it doesn’t always work that way.
I’ve had an issue where for some reason I wasn’t being registered for a class in spite of how many times I double-checked and clicked “Register.” If something goes wrong, don’t wait around and assume it will take care of itself.
In fact, this is good advice in general for succeeding in college: if there is a problem, make the effort to address it immediately. It can prevent you one big headache in the future and can usually be sorted out before any serious issue arises — like you not getting in the class because it was filled before you were registered properly.
Just shoot the professor an email explaining the problem. If they can’t help you, they will usually be able to point you in the direction of somebody who can. The issue may be as simple as getting a registration hold removed from your account.
All of these things have been tried and tested by yours truly, and I rarely have an issue whenever I register. Just make sure you are aware of deadlines and take care of everything as early as you possibly can and you won’t have anything to worry about.